More resources needed to address rhino, elephant poaching - dept

Minister Edna Molewa on Monday briefed the media on the latest statistics.

White rhino. Picture: NSPCA

CAPE TOWN - The Environmental Affairs Department says that more resources are needed to address rhino and elephant poaching.

Minister Edna Molewa on Monday briefed the media on the latest statistics.

She's revealed that there’s been a national decrease in rhino poaching this year.

There has been a slight decrease in the number of rhino poached in the Kruger National Park since January, but officials warn that some provinces have seen a rise.

Minister Molewa says that countermeasures are being implemented.

“The interventions we’ve used to deal with rhino poaching are also implemented to counter elephant poaching.”

Head of the World Wildlife Fund’s South African rhino programme, Dr Jo Shaw says that urgent intervention is needed.

“Rhino poaching has still not been significantly reduced and elephant poaching is on the increase. This shows a need for an international scale systemic response to the trafficking of wildlife products.”

Government has requested DNA samples from illegally traded horn in countries like Thailand, Vietnam and Mozambique.

These samples link rhino horn seizures to poaching incidents.